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Old 08-02-2010, 11:15 AM   #1
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Angry Cleaning TMIC - citrus engine brite fail

With the exception of intercooler, the engine bay is clean. I read about how is better to use Citrus based degreasers for the engine. It did a really good job, but it did not clean the intercooler. So I decided to use simple green to clean the intercooler, and it didn't work.


So then I decided to try pressured water. I read about the how one should avoid the use of pressured water, but it used it anyway. Tried simple green with pressured water.. nothing.. and the citrus degreaser along with pressured water.. nothing again...

Can anyone suggest a good chemical to clean the IC w/out having to remove it?
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:17 AM   #2
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maybe try some neverdull aluminum polish, pics of what you are trying to clean off the intercooler?
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:18 AM   #3
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:20 AM   #4
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The IC in this thread was removed from the car....
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:29 AM   #5
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ive heard gasoline. from a couple people too. idk if this is correct or not. havent really searched it.
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:31 AM   #6
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This my be a dumb question but have you tried using a soft brush? Is it not cleaning dirt off or is it just leaving a residue?
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:31 AM   #7
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The IC in this thread was removed from the car....

Its not hard takes about 5 minutes to remove...
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:35 AM   #8
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Its not hard takes about 5 minutes to remove...

Before taking that route, I'd like to hear if other people have had better results w/out removal of the IC.
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:36 AM   #9
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This my be a dumb question but have you tried using a soft brush? Is it not cleaning dirt off or is it just leaving a residue?

I did try a soft brush, but it didn't seem to help. I didn't want to put too much pressure to avoid bending the fins.
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:44 AM   #10
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Have had really good luck with the Black Magic degreaser and protectant. Doesn't leave an oily sheen, but does a great job on busting up grease when I do underhood detailing. Love the stuff. Better than the engine brite foaming crap.

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Old 08-02-2010, 11:57 AM   #11
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Have had really good luck with the Black Magic degreaser and protectant. Doesn't leave an oily sheen, but does a great job on busting up grease when I do underhood detailing. Love the stuff. Better than the engine brite foaming crap.

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did it leave your IC looking like new?
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Old 08-02-2010, 12:07 PM   #12
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I assume you are talking about making the ends look nice and not all grey and dirty.

Pull it out, get some various grit sandpapers, some rubbing compound and some polishig compound. Get some beers, and sit down in front of your TV and polish the end tanks. That is about the only way to keep it looking good, make it too smooth for the dirt to really etch into.
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Old 08-02-2010, 12:14 PM   #13
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did it leave your IC looking like new?
Damn near. I am assuming you are talking about the core, and surrounding areas, since you mention the fins not wanting to get bent. Worked great, and just worked it with a soft nylone bristle brush. The end tanks I would think as Dave said would look great smoothed and polished.

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Old 08-02-2010, 12:17 PM   #14
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Damn near. I am assuming you are talking about the core, and surrounding areas, since you mention the fins not wanting to get bent. Worked great, and just worked it with a soft nylone bristle brush. The end tanks I would think as Dave said would look great smoothed and polished.

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Yes, the core... Ok I'll give black magic a try. I should be able to find a soft nylone bristle brush in Walmart right?
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Also did you try some of that engine brite "gunk" stuff? it def works
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Old 08-02-2010, 12:24 PM   #16
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Also did you try some of that engine brite "gunk" stuff? it def works
I went with the Citrus Engine Brite since it's supposed to be better for hoses and plastic in the engine. It worked nicely for the engine, but it didn't clean the IC. Going to give black magic a try...
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Old 08-02-2010, 12:45 PM   #17
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Purple Power FTW!!

if it doesnt get it then its not coming off
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Old 08-02-2010, 12:51 PM   #18
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Purple Power FTW!!

if it doesnt get it then its not coming off
Is purple power available at places such as autozone/walmart?
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Old 08-02-2010, 01:12 PM   #19
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I think that purple power is one that may be somewhat caustic on alum. Will clean it good, but some cleaners will cause them to get a slight oxidation film on them from the cleaners active cleaning agents if they aren't nice to alum.

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Old 08-02-2010, 03:50 PM   #20
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in that case i think i'll stay away from purple power..
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Old 08-02-2010, 04:25 PM   #21
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Found this..harley guys love that stuff..

http://master-formula.com/Metal%20Polish.htm
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Old 08-02-2010, 04:41 PM   #22
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Found this..harley guys love that stuff..

http://master-formula.com/Metal%20Polish.htm

Have you used that before for your engine?
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Old 08-02-2010, 05:36 PM   #23
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That is a polish type product. Meant for bringing metals to a nice shine. If you are trying to clean up the engine bay, you want a good degreaser, and some 303 to wipe the plastic and rubber down. Make it look great without the cheap armor all shiny look.

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